A college campus in Denbigh is set to close this September, partly as a result of a drop in the number of teenagers.
Grwp Llandrillo Menai has made the decision to shut one of its two outreach centres in the town at the end of the current academic year.
There are 93 full-time students who attend the further education facility at Denbigh Community College, but they are unaffected because they are due to finish their courses.
But 35 full and part time staff are being given the option to relocate to other sites, retrain or take voluntary redundancy.
A statement released today said: “The decision to close one of the Denbigh centres was shared with staff at a meeting on Tuesday, March 13.
“The current cohort of 93 full-time students enrolled in this academic year will not be affected.
“Community education provision at HWB Denbigh in partnership with Grwp Cynefin will not be affected.
“Affected staff will be offered opportunities to relocate to one the Grwp’s other Local sites at Rhyl or Rhos-on-Sea, to retrain, or to apply for voluntary redundancy.”
The group say the decision to close the centre in Denbigh was made as a result of a curriculum review of full time provision across Grwp Llandrillo Menai.
“This was carried out to make sure that the Grwp’s education and training provision continues to meet the demands of learners, employers and Local communities and also to make sure that it is cost effective in light of emerging external factors,” the statement says.
Factors include a “region-wide demographic drop” in the number of 16-19 year olds, resulting in lower class sizes, the increase in the popularity and availability of apprenticeships as an alternative option to full time education, a focus on delivering education programmes to meet the economic priorities of the area, as opposed to purely widening participation, plus wider economic factors such as an increase in costs against a static public sector income.
The statement adds: “Rationalisation of the Grwp’s current areas of provision will allow the development of identified, regionally significant growth opportunities:
* Engineering and construction across Grwp Llandrillo Menai
* Welding and rail engineering training centre at Rhyl in partnership with Network Rail
* Expansion of hospitality and tourism at Rhos-on-Sea reflecting the emergence of North Wales as a holiday destination
* Small animal care and rural economy diversification at Glynllifon.
“Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Board and CEO recognise the excellent service of the staff at Denbigh and is committed to working with all members and the Unions during the transition phase.”
Source : DailyPost